NYC's gay high school sparks debate

(07/31/03) THE BRONX - A new high school for gay, bisexual and transgender students in New York City is quickly becoming the topic of a heated debate.

The New York Hispanic Clergy Organization is against the Harvey Milk High School, which is the first of its kind in the nation. Bronx Reverend Ruben Diaz heads the group and says the opposition is not based on prejudice but rather on the fact that it promotes segregation.

But advocates for the gay community say they don't see it as segregation but rather as a place gay teens can choose to go to school. Mark Reyes, of the Bronx Lesbian and Gay Health Consortium, says the school will create a safe haven for homosexual teens.

The clergy coalition plans to file a lawsuit in a effort to close the school. The group claims it's illegal to segregate public high school students.

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